Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Examine the painting presented below. Reflect on what we have learned about Enlightenment, and explain both the history of the object, its context, and how it helps to shape our understanding of the period. Finally, compare this painting with another, contemporary work that references back to the Enlightenment.
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Examine: Picture-1 The painting above is the Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Explain the origin, artist, style, context, and intent of this sculpture.
Be sure that you explain the following: Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Who painted this work?
When was it made?
Where was it displayed (if known)?
Where is it displayed now?
What is its style? Why do you assign it to this style?
What elements of Enlightenment thought does this painting reflect? How so?
Why was this painting important to the French Revolution? What political message does it intend? Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Next, compare this painting with Kehinde Wiley’s Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps: Picture-2 This painting by Kehinde Wiley is from 2005, and is clearly meant to reference the painting above. Why do you think Wiley chose this subject and composition?
What political message does this painting intend?
Remember, I am interested in seeing you demonstrate your research, but I am even more interested in seeing your ideas. Give some thought to these paintings and their similarities and differences. You have several weeks to complete this paper, so put in your best effort!
Napoleon Crossing the Alps